Florida Georgia Line could add another CMA Award for Vocal Duo of the Year to their collection when the trophies are handed out November 5. FGL won the Duo category as well as Single of the Year for “Cruise” at last year’s show, and the duo’s Brian Kelley is still shocked to see those CMA Awards at his house in Nashville.
He tells ABC News Radio, “It’s very surreal, man. You just kinda look at it, pick it up. It’s heavy as it can be, man. It’s an incredible thing.”
Brian’s duo partner Tyler Hubbard is creating a special place in his house to display the trophies.
“I’m building a man cave,” Tyler explains. “They’re sitting in one of the guest bedrooms right now waiting for the bonus room to get finished up.”
Reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town is nominated in that category again this year. The group joined Darius Rucker to announce the nominees Wednesday morning in New York City. After the press conference, LBT’s Karen Fairchild said they couldn’t get these nominations without loyal fans and great songs.
Karen explains, “We’re blessed to write with incredible songwriters in Nashville and to work with an amazing producer and to just be zoned into what we’re doing, and maybe the heartbeat of our fans? They’re the ones that give us these opportunities, so we’re incredibly grateful.”
Here’s a roundup of other CMA Awards nominees’ reactions via social media and press statements:
George Strait — “It’s a great honor to be nominated for CMA Entertainer of the Year. It’s been an incredible year, and this just puts the icing on the cake!”
Luke Bryan — “Thank y’all for my nominations. Amazing. Crazy stuff.”
Dierks Bentley — “wow y’all. 5 ?! much gratitude for our fans and friends in the biz. i never take time to celebrate these things. going to tonight!”
Martina McBride — “Wow! Wow! Wow! SO happy to get the news about the CMA Female Vocalist Of The Year nomination!!! Congratulations to all the nominees! Woohoo!”
Cole Swindell — “Huge thanks to @CountryMusic for this incredible nomination! I am humbled beyond words. Congrats to all the nominees! #NewArtist #CMAawards”
Dan + Shay — “Proud to share these special moments with our incredible fan base. Thanks for believing in our dream! #Dashers #CMAAwards”
Thomas Rhett — “Good grief…Thanks to everyone who voted for #CMAawards New Artist of the Year…Feel very blessed to be in good company!”
Brett Eldredge — “Holy peanut butter pancakes! Woke up to being nominated for CMA awards New artist of the year! Love yans:)”
Kip Moore — “just heard the news about cma nomination..no way to express my gratitude through a tweet. So many involved w this, so thanks to all!”
Kacey Musgraves — “MUCHAS GRACIAS por mi CMA Nominations! Arrow nom for SOTY?! That’s a dream come true! They all are. Thanks.”
Brandy Clark –“I’ve watched the CMA Awards every year for as long as I can remember. To be a nominee in both Song [for co-writing”Follow Your Arrow”] and New Artist is truly a thrill and a dream come true.”
Kenny Rogers — “Whether we win or not, it was an event for me being back together with my good friend, Dolly Parton. I have great respect for everyone in this category and there’s no way you can lose being in that group.”
Dolly Parton — “I’m so honored to be nominated for CMA Musical Event of the Year with one of my absolute best friends, Kenny Rogers! It really is true that ‘You Can’t Make Old Friends’.”
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